Chairman's Press

09.23.10

Enzi: Workplace Safety Should Be Our Priority, Not Election Cycle Politics

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor today concerning bipartisan discussions on mine safety legislation. The text of the speech is below, or click to view the video: Thank you, I want to thank the Senator from Iowa, Senator Harkin, for his kind words and his help and leadership on the HELP Committee. We have a big area we cover: health, educatio… Continue Reading


09.23.10

Enzi: National Mediation Board Rule Reverses 75 Years Of Labor Policy to Benefit Unions Instead of Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, voiced his strong support of Senator Johnny Isakson's resolution disapproving of a new National Mediation Board rule that changes how railway and airline employees are unionized under the Railway Labor Act. "The new rule has changed the way employees' votes are counted in order to favor the union. For 75 years, not voting at all has counted as a no vote. Now… Continue Reading


09.22.10

Senator Enzi Proposes to Overturn Job Killing Provision in Health Care Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today launched an effort to allow a Senate vote on overturning a provision of the new health care law that threatens small businesses with higher health care costs, more regulation, and even loss of the health insurance many of their employees rely on. "Throughout the health care debate, the President continually promised, 'If you like what you have you c… Continue Reading


09.14.10

Enzi Supports Amendment to Reduce 1099 Form Burdens on Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, went to the Senate floor today in support of an amendment to repeal a costly new mandate for small businesses to file more 1099 tax forms. "Under the new health care reform law, 40 million businesses will have to submit onerous and duplicative 1099 tax forms to the Internal Revenue Service. This August, I toured small businesses across Wyoming to get a sense of what… Continue Reading


08.25.10

Senator Enzi Releases New Edition of Accessibility Guide

Washington, D.C. - In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today has published an updated version of his Accessibility Manual - a comprehensive guide to providing Senate offices and constituents with valuable information on accessibility throughout the U.S. Capitol Complex. "This third edition of the manual builds on the important work do… Continue Reading


08.19.10

CBO Report Predicts Health Care Law Means Fewer Jobs, Lower Wages

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) made the following statement in response to today's report released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which shows that the health care law slams employers with increased health costs, and predicts job losses as a result. "This week the number of unemployed Americans reached 500,000, the highest level seen in the past nine months. Unfortunately, the new health care law … Continue Reading


08.05.10

Enzi Introduced Radiology Care Bill To Improve Medical Care, Reduce Costs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today introduced the "Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence (CARE) in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Act of 2010," a bill that will improve patient safety and health care quality by advancing uniform standards for medical imaging certification. The CARE Act is co-sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) HELP Committee Chairman, Se… Continue Reading


08.04.10

For-Profit Education Sector Must Not Be Examined in a Vacuum

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today urged continued scrutiny of student recruitment tactics at for-profit universities, but warned that an objective examination of misleading recruiting practices must take into account the full spectrum of higher education institutions. Simply put, bad actors should not be used to characterize the entire for-profit education sector. "We are going to hear details… Continue Reading


07.28.10

More Broken Promises on Health Care Reform?

Washington, D.C. - Citing a new report by the Congressional Research Service, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, (R-Wyo), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) today called on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for immediate action to ensure that federal dollars will not be used to pay for elective abortions. In a letter to Sebelius, Senator Enzi and Senator Coburn, joined by 11 other Senators said the re… Continue Reading


07.21.10

Enzi: Innovation Fosters Success in Fight Against Rare and Neglected Pediatric Diseases

Washington, D.C. - At today's U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing, "Treating Rare and Neglected Pediatric Diseases: Promoting the Development of New Treatments and Cures," Ranking Member, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) emphasized the need to increase research and development of rare and neglected diseases, and called on Congress to ensure federal policies foster innovative treatments for rare pediatric diseases. "Congress created the framework for successful … Continue Reading


07.20.10

Enzi: Unemployment Insurance Can Be Extended Without Breaking the Bank

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, made the following statement in response to majority's decision to force a vote on an unemployment extension bill that will further swell the nation's $1 trillion debt: "I support extending unemployment insurance but unlike the majority's leadership, I support paying for it. Both parties can agree to extend unemployment benefits: the difficulty arises … Continue Reading


07.07.10

Enzi: Public Deserves Full Examination of Berwick and Gotbaum Appointments

Washington, D.C - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, made the following statement on President Obama's decision to bypass Senate procedure to appoint Donald Berwick as Director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Joshua Gotbaum as Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PGBC): "The President skipped the Congressional approval process and snuck Dr. Berwick into this critical … Continue Reading


07.02.10

Enzi: Collective Bargaining Mandate Burdens States, Localities In Time Of Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today voiced strong opposition to an amendment added last night by House Democrats to the emergency supplemental appropriations bill, which would give the federal government new powers to override local decisions and allow collective bargaining by public safety personnel. "This amendment would hit local municipalities during a time of budgetary crisis for no r… Continue Reading


06.30.10

Long-Term Budget Outlook? It’s Not Good

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) pointed to the Long-Term Budget Report released today by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) as confirmation of the public sentiment that the new healthcare bill signed into law earlier this year will increase the deficit. "The number one thing Americans were concerned about during the health care debate was reducing costs," said Enzi. "Today's report confirms what the pub… Continue Reading


06.30.10

Enzi: Record Number Waiting For Life-Saving AIDS Treatment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) has sent a second request to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius voicing his concern regarding the record 1,800 individuals waiting to receive life-saving treatment through the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) administered under the Ryan White program. Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), fellow Committee members, joined Enzi in writing Se… Continue Reading


06.29.10

Enzi Salutes 9/11 Heroes, Calls For Grant Program Oversight

Washington, D.C. - At today's U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing, "Examining the Continuing Needs of Workers and Communities Affected by 9/11," Ranking Member Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) saluted 9/11 heroes and called for oversight of a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) medical monitoring and treatment program for the victims of the attacks. "The firefighters, police and emergency personnel who bravely worked to rescue survivors … Continue Reading


06.29.10

Enzi and Isakson Seek Bipartisan Approach to Mine Safety

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) voiced their disappointment regarding partisan workplace safety reform legislation concepts announced by House and Senate Democrats today. Enzi, Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Isakson, co-author of the MINER Act and the Committee's Employment and Workplace Subcommittee Ranking Member, released the following statement: "We are disappointed that the Democrats have c… Continue Reading


06.25.10

Enzi Appoints Kyle Hicks as HELP Committee Republican Labor Policy Director

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today made the following comments upon appointing Kyle Hicks as his Labor Policy Director. "Kyle Hicks has been a valued member of my staff on the HELP Committee for nearly six years," said Enzi. "As my labor counsel, Kyle has skillfully advised me on matters related to employment law and workplace and employment issues within the Committee's jurisdiction. I … Continue Reading


06.24.10

Enzi: For-Profit Education Essential Part of Developing Strong Workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today urged Congress and the Administration to use a scalpel rather than a machete in their efforts to excise bad actors from for-profit education, warning that for-profit institutions provide the only practical means for many working adults to develop the skills and knowledge they need to obtain better jobs. "Unfortunately, as in other industries, there are b… Continue Reading


06.22.10

If You Like What You Have You Can’t Keep It, Enzi Warns

Washington, D.C. - New health insurance rules unveiled this week violate President Obama's promise to allow Americans who like their health plans to keep them, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, Ranking Member of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee, said today on the Senate floor. "Last week, the Administration published a 121-page interim final rule that will increase the costs businesses pay for health insurance. If employers do almost anything on their own to help slow the growth i… Continue Reading

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